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Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: New Clause 16 - Snare traps (18 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. Under new clause 16, we propose a ban on the use of snare traps in England in areas where there is a possibility that kept animals might be ensnared, whether intentionally or not. Snares are imperfect, indiscriminate traps that regularly cause unnecessary suffering and harm to kept animals as a result of incorrect usage and inadequate...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: New Clause 16 - Snare traps (18 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: I understand what the Minister says about more consultation, but the Opposition feel that the matter is clearcut and we wish to press new clause 16 to a vote. A lot of time has passed since the code of practice came in; as I say, it is sad to hear that it has been ineffective in resolving some of the issues.

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: New Clause 17 - Regulation of online animal sales (18 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: I beg to move, that the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: New Clause 17 - Regulation of online animal sales (18 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: Thank you, Mr Davies—I will be quick. I am sure that everyone knows about the “justice for Reggie” campaign, which has been working tirelessly better to regulate online sales of animals following a tragic experience. Reggie was a 12-week-old Labrador who was sold online through a reputable website that advertises thousands of puppies for sale, but he was sold without proper care from a...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: New Clause 17 - Regulation of online animal sales (18 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: I thank the Minister for the response. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the clause.

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 46 - Powers relating to importation of certain dogs, cats and ferrets (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: It has been an interesting debate, and many concerns have been raised by Members on both sides of the Committee. I completely agree with everything that the hon. Member for Penrith and The Border said about the risk of zoonotic diseases and their increase. Ticks can cause horrific diseases in animals and humans—it is equally important to consider that risk. It is a biosecurity issue that we...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 45 - Reduction in limit on non-commercial movement of pets (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: I thought I had just made history with my first amendment. The Minister has obviously heard from across the House how important the issue is and that it warrants further consideration. I am disappointed that we did not win that vote.

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 45 - Reduction in limit on non-commercial movement of pets (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. On Second Reading we heard many concerns from colleagues across the House. I ask the Minister to look again as quickly as possible to come up with a conclusion. That is all I have to say on the matter.

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 46 - Powers relating to importation of certain dogs, cats and ferrets (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: I beg to move amendment 117, in clause 46, page 28, line 21, leave out “may” and insert “must”. This amendment would require the banning or restriction of importation of relevant animals which are below a specific age, have been mutilated or are below a specified number of days pregnant.

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 46 - Powers relating to importation of certain dogs, cats and ferrets (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: The Bill is a bit of a mixed bag of random measures, but it offers an opportunity to speed up the approach to animal welfare. Amendment 117 is a policy of Labour’s animal welfare manifesto. It is frustrating that the Bill has been half-hearted in its approach. I am afraid that we will be seeing procrastination on the issue even now. Although I welcome the steps in the right direction, the...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 46 - Powers relating to importation of certain dogs, cats and ferrets (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: Great. I think Members on both sides can agree that the practice of moving pregnant cats and dogs across borders to avoid checks on the welfare of the puppies or kittens is abhorrent. We have already said that it might be unavoidable in some non-commercial circumstances; however, there is no commercial reason to move a pregnant dog or cat across a border, subjecting it to a long and arduous...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 45 - Reduction in limit on non-commercial movement of pets (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: I beg to move amendment 1, in clause 45, page 27, line 29, leave out “five” and insert “three”. This amendment would restrict the maximum number of dogs, cats and ferrets that may enter Great Britain in a non-commercial motor vehicle to three.

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 45 - Reduction in limit on non-commercial movement of pets (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: This is my first Bill Committee as a Front-Bench spokesperson, so I am excited to be here. As a dog lover, this is an issue that is close to my heart. My two rescue dogs are the pride and joy of my life, and I know that many dog owners feel the same. The amendment is very important. Clause 45 is about puppy smuggling, which we know is a lucrative business. In 2015, the Dogs Trust set up its...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 45 - Reduction in limit on non-commercial movement of pets (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: I must say that I am disappointed. I will press the amendment to a vote because we think that the evidence was quite powerful. As was said, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee have considered the question in a lot of detail and believe that this is the right way to go. I take the Minister’s point about people travelling together, but a balance must be struck between what could...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 39 - Meaning of “worrying livestock” (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: I speak in support of my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge, who set out well why we think the amendment is necessary. I want to pick up on something the Minister said. The confidence people have around being in control of their dogs is interesting and has definitely taken hold of some internet memes. Dare I say the word “Fenton”? I wanted to have more understanding of that element. I...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 3 - Licensing standards and other requirements (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: I want to talk a little more about social groupings. We do not need to be experts in the field to know that this is an important standard that should be met under any licensing conditions. It is incredibly important that it is on the face of the Bill and I would be pleased if the Government thought again. On the issue of microchipping, I accept that there might be some stress for certain...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 2 - Primate licences (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: I assume that the licensing will provide some financial benefit to local authorities so they are able to undertake this work. Will the pricing of the six-year licence guarantee that they are able to provide the necessary services? Would a two-year licence not provide more income for local authorities so that they can do the work asked of them?

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Clause 2 - Primate licences (16 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: Is the licensing scheme aimed at encouraging people to no longer keep primates as pets? Perhaps six years gives the impression that this is an okay practice to continue in perpetuity, while two years would perhaps accelerate the process of people no longer wanting to keep primates as pets.

Cop26 (15 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: At COP26, the Prime Minister said we were at one minute to midnight; I am afraid his clock might be a bit slow. The action that has been set out is not enough. Aristotle asked whether hope is a waking dream; I would really like to hear from the Prime Minister that he is going to stop Cambo and halt the Cumbria coalmine.

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill: Examination of Witness (9 Nov 2021)

Olivia Blake: Q I want to pick up on some of the breeding issues in primates. What is your view on whether the licensing scheme would leave scope for inappropriate breeding if there was not enough oversight? Do you think the annual health check from a veterinary surgeon would help combat that? I was interested to see your addition of that in your written evidence.


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